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Google Drive stuck forever on “One Moment Please” during initial login on Windows Server based systems.

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/05/29

Basically the Google Drive sign-in user interface is a wrapper around Internet Explorer.

If you have tight Internet Option settings, then your sign-in can fail without telling you why:

There is a older list of exceptions to add to the Internet Options Application Development: sign in to google drive … stuck in one moment please, but since Google has moved quite a few domains around (they now for instance use for part of the traffic).

The easiest way is to get the URLs right is to play back what Google Drive sign-in does from within Internet Explorer. These are the steps:

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Tested the CastBuddy extension from the Chrome Web Store: nice, but high CPU usage even when no videos

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/04/21

CastBuddy – Chrome Web Store:

This extension finds videos on the web sites you are browsing and allows you to play them on your Chromecast device.

Works nice if you need it, but uses a lot of CPU (on my Retina MacBook with latest chrome: about 75% of one CPU core) so it drains battery fast.

You can view this high CPU usage in the Chrome Task Manager (which used to be available through chrome://tasks, but this is one of the use full Find Hidden Features On Chrome’s Internal Chrome:// Pages features they removed). Fire up the Chrome Task Manager through the Window menu.


Enable only when you need it. Disable after use in chrome://extensions


via: CastBuddy – Chrome Web Store:

When it finds Chromecast comptible videos ( .webm, .mp4, .mkv etc), count of videos is shown over extension’s menubar icon, which you can click to Select a video and extension will send it to your Chromecast device. Once a casting session is established, you can control video playback from Extension’s popup page.

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Forcing Chrome to use as search engine

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/04/14

I tried the obvious things to force Chrome on my Mac and Windows to use as search engine when searching through the address/search box (omnibox). On Windows, this works fine, but Chrome on Mac (both are linked through my gmail account) keeps insisting to use no matter what, as all these fail:

There are tons of reports on the not working (you see the domain, in that search right?).

For me, redirects to, so it does redirect, but somehow doesn’t mark it to use as default.

In Chrome, my search settings in chrome://settings/searchEngines are these:

Google (Default) search settings

Google (Default) search settings

I’ve never changed it, so it still points to {google:baseURL}search?q=%s&{google:RLZ}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}{google:assistedQueryStats}{google:searchFieldtrialParameter}{google:searchClient}{google:sourceId}{google:instantExtendedEnabledParameter}{google:contextualSearchVersion}ie={inputEncoding}

So basically, Chrome screws up the {google:baseURL} portion and there is no way to force {google:baseURL} to a certain value as the 2008 bug 1521 was marked “wontfix” in 2010 and nobody at Google seems to care (except a Google employee wanting expense paid trips abroad).

The totally odd thing is that when I start on then search for say “Mac OS X start second atom instance”, I get to

Poor mans solution

So I’ve defined two new search engine settings:

When lets you down, force it to use

When lets you down, force it to use

In case you want to copy the text:

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Mac OS X: restarting Google Drive when it shows a spinning wheel

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/03/29

Every now and then, Google Drive on Mac OS X gets confused and starts showing the spinning wheel when hovering over the menu bar icon similar to for instance DropBox does every once in a while.

This is how to terminate and restart Google Drive from the terminal (no need for su):

killall -v -SIGKILL Google\ Drive
open -a Google\ Drive

Alternatively you can start Google Drive using this:

/Applications/Google\\ Drive &

I found this executable through osx – Find all executable files within a folder in terminal – Ask Different

Note that this won’t kill Google Drive as it sends the TERM signal (SIGTERM):

killall -v Google\ Drive


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Decode URLs from The Great Suspender after a browser restart fails to reload them

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/03/16

Hosted at: Decode URLs from The Great Suspender after a browser restart fails to reload them

Converts URLs like these:
back into

Source below.

It decodes a URL encoded by The Great Suspender which is a cool Google Chrome plugin that suspends pages after some idle time.

The uncool thing is that when Google Crome restarts after a crash (it’s software, it does that, especially as it consumes truckloads of memory and is full of memory leaks) it often fails to restore some (but not many) of the suspended pages into a usable state: it shows only the encoded URLs.


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